Unofficial Minutes of Mt. Enterprise City Council Meeting - July 2017

I.    Call to order – The meeting was called to order at 5:04 p.m. with Mayor Harvey Graves presiding.  Council Members present: Mary Jo Baird, Judy Cox, Kay Wagnon, Mayor Pro-Tem Johnny Fryman and Cathy Thomas.  Staff present: City Administrator Rosena J. Becker-Ross, and City Marshal Cody Runnels and City Attorney Brett Brewer from The Norman Law Firm

II.    Roll Call, Invocation, Pledge to the U.S. Flag, Pledge to the Texas Flag –  (Honor the Texas flag, I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible) - Mayor Harvey Graves called roll call, The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Harvey Graves, The Pledge to the Texas Flag was led by City Attorney Brett Brewer                            

III.      Visitors / Citizens Presentation (The City of Mount Enterprise welcomes public comment early in the agenda.  Those wishing to speak during the Visitors/Citizens Presentation portion of the meeting must sign in before the meeting begins.  Speakers must observe a three-minute time limit at all times during the meeting, unless granted specific permission from the Council to extend their comments.  The Mayor or Council reserve the right to limit, table, or deny individual comment, if such comment is determined to potentially hinder the Council’s ability to conduct city business during the council meeting.)   We had 0 guests

IV.      Consent Agenda (Items on the Consent Agenda require little or no deliberation by the City Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the City Administrator, or her designee, to implement each item in accordance with Council recommendations.)

a)       Consider Approval of Minutes for the Regular Meeting of June 27, 2017

b)      Consider Approval of Monthly Reports (June) for Wastewater (CM Place1)

c)       Consider Approval of Monthly Reports (June) for Debt Service Fund (CM Place 2)

d)      Consider Approval of Monthly Reports (June) for Financial (CM Place 3)

e)      Consider Approval of Monthly Reports (June) for Employee’s (CM Place 4)

f)        Consider Approval of Monthly Reports (June) for Court (CM Place 5)

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Wagnon and seconded by Councilmember Thomas, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to approve the consent agenda.  The motion carried.

V.      Discuss and Consider Action on the Following:

a)    Rusk County Appraisal District Certification of Estimated Collection Rate for 2017 – Discussion of County Collection Rates.

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Baird and seconded by Councilmember Wagnon, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to approve the Rusk County Appraisal District Certification of Estimated Collection Rate for 2017 as presented.  The motion carried.

b)    Proposed Effective & Rollback Tax Rates – No Discussion will be approved at the next Council Meeting

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Wagnon and seconded by Councilmember Baird, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to remove from the Agenda.  The motion carried.

c)     Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget – No Discussion will be approved at the next Council Meeting and discussed at the budget workshop prior to our next Council Meeting

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Thomas and seconded by Councilmember Wagnon, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to remove from the Agenda.  The motion carried.

d)    Emergency Management Coordinator / Assistant Coordinator – Discussion of nominating Mary Jo Baird as Coordinator and Cody Runnels as Assistant Coordinator.  Reimbursement will be given for mileage and if training meeting is held over during lunch then lunch per diem will also be reimbursed.

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Wagnon and seconded by Councilmember Cox, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to approve Mary Jo Baird as Coordinator and Cody Runnels as Assistant Coordinator as Emergency Management Coordinator / Assistant Coordinator along with travel and/or lunch reimbursement.  The motion carried.

e)    Self-Critique Sheets – Discussion of changing this to being voluntary and not mandatory

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Cox and seconded by Councilmember Thomas, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to approve changing the self-critique sheets to being voluntary.  The motion carried.

f)     City Marshal Probationary Period and Timesheet – Discussion and documentation was presented to Council that we reduce the 6-month probationary period as stated in the Employee handbook or 90 working days to just be 90 days which will be up on July 28th and that we are in the middle of a pay period so they can vote to hire Cody Runnels as the City Marshal with effective date of 7/22/2017 or 8/5/2017.

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Wagnon and seconded by Councilmember Thomas, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to offer Cody Runnels the position as City Marshal with an effective hire date of 7/22/2017.  The motion carried.

VI.    Resolutions

 

VII.    Ordinances

a)    Mount Enterprise Game Room Regulations – No Discussion removed from Agenda

Upon a motion made by Councilmember Cox and seconded by Councilmember Wagnon, the Council voted five (5) “ayes” and no (0) “nays” to remove this item from the agenda.  The motion carried.

VIII.    Announcements or Comments by City Councilmembers - Mayor Graves read a very touching Thank-You card from David Godwin, CPA.  Councilmember Wagnon said that she went to a class presented by TML for Newly Elected Councilmembers and she just wanted to express how much she appreciates the staff the City Administrator, the Mayor, the Attorney’s and she really appreciates all that we do for our City.  Councilmember Fryman brought up that a petition is going around to put the red, yellow, green light back at the 4-way stop and at this time there has not been no fatalities since the 4-way stop has been installed and he would just like to bring it to the Council’s attention in case they are presented to sign the petition.

IX.    Announcements or Comments by City Staff –

X.      Executive Session (The Mount Enterprise City Council reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the matters listed above, as authorized by Texas Government Code, Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney), 551.072 (Deliberations about Real Property), 551.073 (Deliberations about Gifts and Donations), 551.074 (Personnel Matters), 551.076 (Deliberations about Security Devices) and 551.087 (Economic Development).

XI.      Reconvene (into regular session and consider action, if any, on item(s) discussed in executive session).

XII.    Adjournment – Upon a motion by Councilmember Thomas and second by Councilmember Wagnon, the meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.